NZASIA Pre-conference Asian Studies Postgraduate Workshop

at Victoria University of Wellington
on 24th November 2019, 1.30 to 4 p.m


In conjunction with the 23rd NZASIA Conference, we will offer postgraduate students who are working on Asia-related topics the opportunity to participate in a pre-conference postgraduate workshop.

This workshop will provide a forum for students from different universities to meet each other and to make contact with scholars who have published on Asia-related subjects. The workshop will also be an opportunity for postgraduates to discuss their research, exchange ideas, and explore career pathways both in academia and in the broader national/international communities. The workshop is free and open only to postgraduate students who have registered and paid for the main conference.


Session 1: Pathways for Asia Specialists, 1.30 to 1.50 p.m.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will lead this session, which highlights opportunities in its #ThinkAsia pathway to support/grow interest about Asia, Asian peoples and cultures. These includes programmes such as: Track II diplomacy, internships, entrepreneurship, leadership development, and the role of the Foundation’s Asia Media Centre. This introduction will be followed with a discussion of areas outside academia and government in which a postgraduate degree and expertise in Asia is needed in New Zealand.

Session 2: Academic Pathways, 1.50 to 3.10 p.m.

In six separate panels, postgraduate participants will make seven to ten-minute presentations in which they introduce and outline their thesis projects. Experienced scholars in each panel will lead a discussion on the ‘art of thesis writing’, and give advice about how postgraduates might get their thesis work published. Click on Postgraduate Workshop Programme to see the membership of the six panels and the topics on which participants will make short presentations in Session 2.

3.10 to 3.20 PM: Afternoon Tea

Session 3: Roundtable Discussion on Academic Publication, 3.20 to 4 pm

Publishers and academic authors will discuss with workshop participants how to get research on Asian subjects published.